New Year, New Teeth

At the beginning of a new year, we make resolutions in the hope that we will become better, healthier, more attractive versions of ourselves. We vow to go to bootcamp five times a week or to resist the office donut run. We set out to finally write that novel or renovate the house we bought over a decade ago. But what about our teeth? How can we get a smile makeover for 2019?

Cosmetic procedures

Good teeth can make all the difference to your appearance, and it’s never too late to get that perfect smile. Whether you have crooked, chipped or yellowing teeth, there’s a treatment plan for you. So why not talk to your dentist about invisible aligners (the latest barely-noticeable braces) or porcelain veneers? And for a quick and easy fix – book an appointment to get your teeth whitened using the latest Zoom WhiteSpeed laser treatment.

However, to get a winning smile, there are also a few simple habits that can make a huge difference to your teeth – and the best part is none of them involve breaking a sweat or eating kale for breakfast…


Regular flossing removes any food that has become trapped between teeth and helps prevent the build-up of plaque. Flossing is also a vital measure for avoiding gum disease. As an added bonus, removing plaque can make your teeth appear whiter. Research has shown that it takes around 21 days for a new habit to take hold, so commit to flossing for a month and it should become second nature.

Drink water

One of the easiest ways to improve your overall health and wellbeing is to drink plenty of water. Humans can survive weeks without food but when it comes to water, we’d only make it a few days. Water is needed for almost every function of our body. It lubricates our joints, helps us stay mentally focused, flushes out waste and regulates our body temperature. It stands to reason then that water is also vital for healthy teeth and gums. By washing away any food you’ve consumed, it helps prevent tooth decay. It also dilutes acid that can eat away at tooth enamel. And if that isn’t motivation enough, it’s worth bearing in mind that a dry mouth is one of the most common causes of bad breath.

Go for regular check ups

Many of us put off seeing the dentist. We know we should go, but in our busy, overscheduled lives, it gets bumped down our list of priorities. However, making time to go to the dentist is a crucial step in keeping your teeth healthy. At regular check-ups, your dentist can spot problems before they become more serious and suggest treatment plans. A regular clean by your dentist or hygienist also removes any tartar that has built up. So, make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year or more often if you have any existing problems.

At Wimpole Street Dental, Dr Richard Marques offers a free consultation to assess your teeth for cosmetic dental procedures. To book an appointment, please call: 020 7637 1672 or e mail

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How can you treat sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, eating ice cream can be more pain than pleasure. Suffering from sensitive teeth is extremely common – it’s estimated that around half of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives. So, if you are tired of wincing with that first scoop of raspberry ripple, what can you do about it? Well the good news is that there are many ways that you can reduce or eliminate sensitive teeth.

Teeth become sensitive when surface enamel wears down, exposing the layer of dentine underneath. Dentine is a bone-like substance that makes up the greatest proportion of a tooth. Without a protective layer of enamel, sensations – whether hot or cold – travel down tiny channels within dentine to the nerves at the centre of the tooth.

The Benefits of Coenzyme Q10

Something of a mouthful to pronounce, Coenzyme Q10 is often shortened to CoQ10. The nutrient is present in meat, fish and poultry. However, only around a quarter of CoQ10 comes from diet, with the rest produced by naturally occurring processes within the body.

Our body’s cells need Coenzyme Q10 for basic maintenance and to process energy. It’s vital that we have adequate levels of this nutrient to ensure that our metabolism, brains, bones and muscles are all functioning properly. It is also an antioxidant, meaning that it rids the body of free radicals – waste products of natural chemical reactions – that can damage cells.